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New Phuket governor announced, old Governor shunted off to Petchaburi

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: Phuket’s governor, Pakkapong Tawipat, moving to Phetchaburi

The southern island province of Phuket is to have a new governor, it was announced today.

Phuket’s governor, Pakkapong Tawipat started work on the island on October 1, 2018. He was a former Phang Nga governor and former vice governor of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya and Saraburi in central Thailand. ‘Former’ Governor Pakkapong will be taking up a new post in the province of Petchaburi, just south of Bangkok.

No date for the changeover was announced on the official announcement.

• Mr. Kobchai Bun-orana vacates the Phetchaburi governorship to become the Chaiyaphum governor

• Mr. Pakpong Thawiphat, Governor of Phuket moves to become the Phetchaburi governor

• Mr. Narong Namsouw, currently the Chaiyaphum governor moves to become Phuket governor

The newly announced governor for Phuket, 57 year old Narong Kamsiw, has served as governor of Chaiyaphum province in the north-eastern Issan region. He started service with the Thai government at 27 years of age and started as a public servant on June 4, 1990.

Governors are shuffled around every 18 months to 2 years and are appointed directly by the Thai Cabinet. The move is an unusual decision, especially with Phuket deep in a ‘lockdown’ situation and sealed off from other provinces.

New Phuket governor announced, old Governor shunted off to Petchaburi | News by Thaiger

Incoming Governor Narong Kamsiw

SOURCE: Newshawk Phuket

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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